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And now the moment you’ve all bee waiting for!

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The DRAWING!

Okay, so only a few people are waiting for this. Here’s how it all went down. We had a total of seven entries. Here’s the breakdown:

1) Beckie ‘The Bulldog’ Tetrault (comment)
2) Beckie ‘The Bulldog’ Tetrault (tweet)
3) BookAttict (comment)
4) Frank”RIosian” Roberts (comment)
5) Frank”RIosian” Roberts (tweet)
6) aaron brown (comment)
7) queenohearts (tweet)

Now to do it in this manner would be far too simple, right? I had to make this a little more interesting. So here’s what I did:

1) Beckie ‘The Bulldog’ Tetrault (comment)
3) BookAttict (comment)
4) aaron brown (comment)
7) Frank”RIosian” Roberts (tweet)
8) Beckie ‘The Bulldog’ Tetrault (tweet)
10) Frank”RIosian” Roberts (comment)
11) queenohearts (tweet)

That’s right. I randomized the list and made it go to 12! Why? I don’t have a 10 sided die, but I’ve got a 12 sided die. So I rolled a 12 sided die to see who won! Guess who won! Here’s the first roll.

First roll was a 12! Oh, wait. That misses. Hmmm. Let me try that again.

Second roll was a 6! Uh… one second.

Third roll was a 1! I was worried there for a minute.

There you have it! I will make sure an email gets out to Beckie straightaway to see what format she’d prefer and send her off some books. A lot of books!

For the rest of you in the contest, I’ve but one question, would you like one of my books? Yes. Just for playing along I’ll let you pick a book from my titles. Just let me know which title and format you’d like and I’ll fire it over to you just to say thank you for coming along.

Beckie! Congratulations! You’ll have many days of happy reading ahead of you. I hope you enjoy the bundle of books headed your way. 🙂

I now return this blog to its regularly scheduled zaniness.

Until Next Time!


Announcement: Ministry working on an RPG


Unless you were living under a rock last year, you know that I was lucky enough to be chosen to write a story for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. (check out my story here and buy a copy for just 99 cents).

Well, big news! The Ministry is raising money to create a Role Playing Game based on the universe they created! I’m super, crazy excited about this. GO HERE! Go HERE NOW! Help this game become a reality! There’s a long way to go and they’re already 1/4 of the way there. I know they’ll make it, but you can get some great fiction, a great game (designed by Galileo Games who are responsible for Bulldogs) (Side Note, Bulldogs was a game some friends of mine created in high school that the characters from V&A Shipping came from).

As I said, I’m really excited about this. This is HUGE! I hope you’ll take a moment, check it out, and throw a few bucks their way to make this happen. I can guarantee it’ll be a great product.

So excited!

Daily Update: Still banging words out.

I’ve been writing daily. Not just writing, but writing as much as humanly possible. Okay, not even as much as I possibly could. Just as much as time allows before life intervenes. For June I’ve already written over 35000 words. About a 15000 blog post and 20000 new fiction. I’m writing like CRAZY! But even with 20,000 words of fiction so far for this month I’m behind on my JuNoWriMo goal. I still have 30000 more words to write before I go on vacation. I might not make it. Even if I get close, I’ll be happy. Very happy.

I’m super excited right now because I’m presently 46 days ahead of schedule for the year. I’m 55000 words ahead of schedule. I thought I might be able to get a little ahead for the year, but I never thought I’d be that far ahead. I mean I’m still doing my day job, my favorite daughter is off for the moment from volleyball, and there are still other things that need to be done. The fact that I’m ahead on fiction compared to blog posts is a big plus.

My word count spread sheet for next year will be different. I’ll have to different goals. One blog post goal, one fiction goal. These will add into the overall goal for the year, but I want to try and hit two writing goals for the year. It’ll be a little more challenging and after 2012 we’ll see where those numbers fall and what I plan out for next year.

Obviously writing every day has helped me get significantly faster. I don’t misspell as much. My typing is getting faster (I should do another typing test and see how much faster I’ve gotten.) and it’s much easier to sit and just start writing instead of looking at a blank page for a time. Writing in Of Gnomes and Dwarves does help. I’m excited to be writing in that book, I know where it’s going, and I can’t wait to sit and actually write.

My plan at this point is to finish Of Gnomes and Dwarves book 1, put it away for a time, and start work on V&A Shipping book II. After that, Astel Book II. Both of these are also exciting properties and I can’t wait to jump and and start going on those one more time. I’ve already got them plotted out, it’ll just be a matter of getting he words out.

Speaking of V&A Shipping, I’m still waiting to hear word back from the publisher I sent them to. I know these things take time. It might be time to drop another friendly reminder. Maybe I can wait another month. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

Speaking of publications! Check out my story over at The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences! Reginald Coffey takes us into the wilds of China to stop…well, you’ll just have to read it. I had a blast writing in Tee and Pip’s universe and if you like the story, pick up a copy of their books to show you support. That’s right, the second book of the Ministry is out there for you. While on their site, check out the trailer for the book. It’s AWESOME!

I’ve got a lot to do. I need to get an episode of EarBuddies recorded for Jack Mangan’s ( deadpan podcast. I should have done that when I did all my recording the other day. I’m so behind on a lot of things and since I’m so far ahead with my writing I really should attend to those other things.

Like getting my duck post written.

Until Tomorrow!


Daily Update: Hey!

Last night I didn’t do any writing. Darn it. I did, however, have a couple great skype chats and got a little bit of audio edited. Okay, I got a lot of audio edited. Well, the same audio multiple times really. If you’ve ever done a podcast you know that it’s not just record and post (unless it’s a chat/interview) and requires multiple takes, editing, processing, and listening through for errors. Usually it’s 3-4 times it takes to record.

So what did I edit? Well, I had recorded my part of the Action Pack Podcast the night previous and last night I got the audio edited and prepared, then I spent the next three hours producing the podcast. OH! Hey!


Enough with the yelling.

Also head on over here ( Tee and Pip’s site for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. You’ll see their latest announcement of the upcoming Tales of the Archives coming over the next few weeks. Hop on over there. Buy a book, but a short story, check out the first volume of short stories. Trust me, it’s worth it.

So, again, I didn’t get any writing done. Darn it. Yes, that Lent goal is slipping away. I’m sure I’ll be smitten (smited? Smithed? Smythed? Smothered? Whatever) due to my lack of commitment. I’m still days ahead of my annual goal and I’m not slipping there, but I’m not getting ahead of the game either. This is kind of when I wanted to punch out a lot of words during the Lent season. This weekend will see light updates from me. Sorry about that. I will update. I will get words out. Just very few.

All of my projects have my with high excitement levels. This makes it very painful to not be writing fiction. Watching the word count slip is one thing. Not fulfilling my need to produce fiction is difficult. How will I get over that? I’ll have to take a day and do some binge writing. See just how many words I can crank out in a day. This week it’s not likely to happen. My favorite daughter has a BBQ today, practice tonight, practice tomorrow, we have dinner with friends on Thursday evening, and we’ll be up at 5am Friday to head of to Lemoore to spend Easter weekend with family up there.

There’s a lot going, so I just need to find a few minutes here, a few minutes there and write what I can during this week. It’ll be challenging. I won’t have a block of an hour or two to sit. I’ll have to make use of whatever time I do have available.

On the non-writing side, I saw a clip for Space Battleship Yamato 2199. I LOVED this show as a kid. I didn’t get to watch the entire thing until I was an adult (just a few years ago) and I can’t wait to see the remake. From the looks of it, they’re sticking true to the original story/theme. It’s in Japanese so I can’t understand what they’re saying. Darn it. I’m hopeful a translation/subtitled version will be forthcoming. I will purchase this collection!

Watching it got me to thinking if this was what Battlestar Galactica used as a basis. That got me to thinking of Battlestar Galactica and Almos. That got me thinking of a story my dad told me of being at a dental convention and seeing someone that looked exactly like Almos. He introduced me to the man and it turned out he was actually Almos’s cousin. It’s such a small world. Then I missed my dad and thought about him for a little while.

You never really think about the influence some people have had on your life until they’re gone. I miss my dad. Some days more than others.

I should post another story about Uncle Bob. As long as I’m thinking about it.

Uncle Bob’s motto in life is why stand when you can sit (he used to carry a folding chair around with his) and why sit when you can lay down. When at home he will lay down instead of sitting in a chair.

My dad and Uncle Bob were roommates for a while. My dad had given Bob money to go buy groceries while my dad went to work. Bob found a great deal so when my dad got home there was a wedding cake sitting on the table. Bob had two forks (one in each hand) and was eating like there was no tomorrow.

There were other times my dad would come home and Bob, a great artist, would have drawn something like a wrench. My dad said he saw two wrenches sitting on the table holding down a piece of paper. When he tried to pick up the two wenches, he only got one. The other Bob had drawn.

Unfortunately Uncle Bob is quite insane (paranoid schizophrenic) and cannot function normally. He had joined the Navy and gotten a section 8 discharge (also called a Psyche discharge). During his testing he was dressed in a hospital gown and not one of the modern ones that cover you all up but one that’s open in the back, and he decided that he didn’t want to be there so he ran away. Down the street. And it took them a couple hours to catch him and bring him back.

Oh, I’ve got more little stories about Uncle Bob. I’ll share them at a later time. He’s a fun and colorful character. I guess I should get to getting…

Until Tomorrow!